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Comment: Re:from what I read... (Score 1) 33

The demo of course takes advantage of Sony’s ‘asynchronous reprojection’ technique to ultimately output at 120 FPS." Translation: Two eyes means two frames, so you get 120fps from 60fps. Right?

No, they are talking about a technique that is also used by Oculus to translate variable frame rate renderings to smooth fixed frame rate output without judder.

Comment: Re:Corollary: It's difficult to be "clever" in Jav (Score 2) 409

by Waffle Iron (#49743689) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

It is not difficult to be "clever" at all. Look at various "bean" frameworks. Use their object marshaling features. Throw in some of their aspect-oriented programming features.

Now you usually have a bloated, incomprehensible mess. Sure you can easily read any couple of lines of code in isolation. But the system as a whole is a huge pile of gratuitous redundant layers of abstraction and confusing action-at-a-distance creepiness.

Comment: Re:Make it more expensive ? (Score 1) 243

by Sique (#49734025) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television
There was a similar story with mineral waters. A german fountain had problems with the revenue for their bottled water, so they raised the price per bottle, and suddenly, the revenue took up. Apparently, the bottled water is now seen as a high-market brand, and people are buying it because it must be good at that price.

Comment: Re:Facebook isn't free (Score 3, Informative) 147

To use a real world analogon: Burglary is still a crime, even if someone didn't lock his front door. Yes, you should lock the door. But it's still a crime to steal, even if you don't lock it. The Belgian Privacy Protection Commission now has listed some ways to lock your door - basicly they did already what you repeat now. Thus your remark could be rated "redundant".

Comment: The FTC's biggest concern (Score 1) 54

It was revealed that the FTC's biggest concern is Radio Shack's subterranean cache of over 35,000 tons of yellow slips of carbon paper dating as far back as the 1960s, which correlate names, addresses and phone numbers to detailed lists of discreet electronic components. Who knows what kind of embarrassments would ensue if all of those dots got connected with modern data mining techniques.

Comment: Re:And OP is retarded. (Score 4, Informative) 335

by Sique (#49719331) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value
The volatility of precious metals is known since the Ancient times. Precious metals have never been a good storage for monetary value, their main advantage was their ability to be measured easily (either by weighing them or by counting minted coins), and to be carried around easily - advantages you also have with paper money or with the numbers on a banking account.

Compare for instance the prices for platinum and gold, two precious metals with very similar properties: Same frequency of occurrence in the Earth crust, same properties (density between 19-20 g per cubic centimeter, does not oxydate easily, can be cast and cold formed), same usages (mainly jewelry, some industrial usage, some coined or cast into bars to be stored as assets). Their prices have been so volatile recently, that platinum was about twice the price of gold, and vice versa within just a decade. Compared with that, the dollar/euro exchange rate is an example of long time stability.

Comment: Re:Men's Rights morons (Score 1) 775

Whites became powerful because they valued personal and economic freedom among their own people and others.

This is plainout wrong, Whites became powerful when they still had Serfdom. And while England in fact abolished real Serfdom during the reign of Elizabeth I, it replaced it by the Copyhold tenancy, which only get abolished in 1925(!). Russia conquered most of Northern Asia in the 16th and 17th century, but abolished Serfdom in 1861. Nothing with personal and economic freedom among their own people.

Comment: Re:Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wav (Score 1) 422

by Sique (#49696359) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up
70 years?!

Where do you live?

Industrial fossil burning started in Europe around 1710, when Thomas Newcomen built his first steam engines (while Thomas Savery had it patented in 1698 already, Newcomen's construction was of practical usability and was widely used).

In the mid-19th century, Western and Central Europe was fully industrialized, and coal was the main energy source. The retreat of the glaciers was noticeable around 1900, and has accelerated since then.

Comment: Re:Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wav (Score 2) 422

by Sique (#49672925) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up
Additional, since more than 200 years, lots of sanatoriums to treat tuberculosis have been built in the Alps, and in parallel, tourism flourished here. Thus we have a huge collection of postcards and other pictures of the Alps including their glaciers reaching back that far (first colored drawings, since about 150 years also photographs), and thus we can easily document the glaciers' successive retreat for the last 200 years.

Climate change to ever rising temperatures at least for Central Europe is thus well documented for centuries.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.